Re: Who Owns The Singularity? (was: how shall the singularitytakeoff?)-- law

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Mon Dec 31 2001 - 05:08:45 MST

Adrian Tymes wrote:
> Reason wrote:
> > Laws, as they stand right now, don't work as they are intended to.
> Oh, agreed. They provide the illusion of working - which, itself, is
> enough to stimulate the economy and do a bunch of other good things -
> but as to what they were originally intended to do, they fall down.
> Still, most large corporations buy into the illusion enough that their
> actions are based on a belief that the laws work; if they think the law
> will protect them against all assaults, why invest in further defenses?

There is "stimuation" and then there is cancerous growth. Our
economic growth has on the one hand created a lot of wealth in
the sense of real value, on the other hand it has wasted a lot
of lives and minds on the mere production and accumulation of
tokens signifying little but the production and accumulation of
tokens. The tokens are not value in and of themselves and do
not help us in and of themselves. It is all too easy to forget

The laws have become in part tools to shuffle the tokens around
regardless of questions of both value and any real justice. The
laws governing IP especially have done tremendous damage to
creativity and the production of truly greater wealth - wealth
of increasing value.

- samantha

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